This is part 3 of our Lyon good eats series. Today, I’m going to tell you my favorite places for a snack or to quench your thirst.
When the weather gets warm and the days get longer, ice cream comes out again as one of the favorite treats of the French. One of the most famous ice cream shops in Lyon is called Glacier Nardone. A family business since 1899, this place gets really bustling in the afternoons – especially after 2 pm on weekends. (The photo below was taken at 10 am which explains why the terrace is empty!)
I suggest getting the “sous-bois,” a gigantic 10€ bowl of blackcurrant ice cream and blackberry ice cream, served with chantilly cream and a coulis of raspberries and other red fruits. But ice cream gourmand beware, these ice creams will fill you up fast!
Just on the left bank of the Saone River, Glacier Nardone can be found at 3 Place Ennemond Fousseret, 5ème arrondissement. Metro: Vieux Lyon or Hôtel de Ville.
There’s many a café lining the banks of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, but a gem in the middle of the city is Le Grand Café des Négotiants. I’ve written about this place before in a post about café hopping. To this day, the hot chocolate I’ve had here is still the best I’ve had in Lyon. If you order a “chocolat chaud,” they will give you a silver platter with a small pitcher of thick melted chocolate, and another pitcher of foamed milk. You then mix them to your liking.
In the summer, there is a wonderful terrace to sit at and sip iced coffee (or non iced, whatever floats your boat). There’s only one thing to be aware of at this café: it knows that it’s popular. So your iced coffee will actually be quite expensive. As is everything else on the menu. But if you want to feel like you’re a part of the literary Lyonnais circles, this is the café for you.
Be posh at the Grand Café des Négociants, 1 Place Francisque Régaud, 2ème arrondissement. Metro: Cordeliers.
It’s no secret that France is known for wine and not for its beer production. But La Palais de la Bière takes exception to this rule. With first class bartenders who let you sample beers until you find one you like, what’s not to like about this beer palace? The bartenders are knowledgeable and extremely friendly about the 15 beers on tap (Belgian mostly I think, with a few French and German) and the hundreds of bottled beers on the menu. Come for an extended happy hour and get a glass of beer and a plate of moules-frites for just under 20€. If you’re not a fan of mussels, you can get andouilette or simple sausage as well.
A must visit for all, whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just out with friends/colleagues.
Be merry at La Palais de la Bière at 1 Rue Terme, 1ère arrondissement. Metro: Hôtel de Ville.